WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection to the Chelsea explosion

The Same Man is Sought In Connection With Chelsea, Seaside Park Blasts.

A massive manhunt is underway for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, who is believed to be armed and should not be approached by the public. Rahami is a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan.

His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J., the city where authorities found pipe bombs in a garbage can Monday when Officers swarmed an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant “First American Fried Chicken” in Elizabeth run by Rahami’s father.

New Jersey State Police also released additional photos of Rahami. He is about 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair.

Police said he is believed to be operating a 2003 Blue Honda Civic bearing NJ registration D63EYB.

Investigators believe Rahami may be part of a terror cell and consider him extremely dangerous, CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported.

Cuomo said as investigators gathered information they learned there were “certain commonalities among the bombs,” leading authorities to believe “that there was a common group behind the bombs.”

In the immediate aftermath of that bombing, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo were careful to say there was no evidence of a link to international terrorism. Both said Monday that appears to be changing.

“There may very well turn out to be a link to foreign organizations,” Cuomo said.

On Sunday night, FBI agents in Brooklyn stopped “a vehicle of interest” in the investigation of the Chelsea explosion, according to FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser.

Additional Device information – A federal law enforcement official said BBs and ball bearings were among the pieces of metal that appeared to be packed into two pressure cooker bombs in New York. One of those devices exploded on 23rd Street, but the fact that it was partly under a metal trash container may have diminished the force of the blast.

Original story: 5 people taken into custody in connection with Chelsea explosion

NYPD has asked that anyone with information on Ahmad Khan Rahami contact #800577TIPS with any information.

 

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